Applauding decisive action

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 6 Aug 2010 at 12:52
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There’s been a lot of good news coming out of the Shark tank in recent weeks regarding new player acquisitions and I think that we, as fans who are often rather critical, should take this opportunity to congratulate the Sharks administration on the decisive (and necessary) steps that have been taken to bolster the squad ahead of next year’s Super 15.

The Super 14 campaign was disappointing and although one can point to a huge variety of factors outside of the team’s control, not least of which the horror flyhalf injury curse and a run of terrible luck in the first five weeks, there were nevertheless a few structural weaknesses in the squad that were exposed. Paramount among these was a lack of quality depth amongst the backs and a bit of a question mark about the second row as well. Since then, I feel the administration has done a pretty good job to both attract new talent to the union, as well as making the hard changes that were necessary in order to get the team playing more effective rugby.

Since the end of the Super 14, we’ve seen the likes of Lionel Mapoe, Ross Skeate, Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Meyer Bosman all commit themselves to the Sharks and together with a new emphasis on bringing through talented youngsters like Piet Lindeque, Dwayne Jenner and Jaco van Tonder, things are starting to seriously look up for the Sharks in terms of the backline, not only now but also for many years to come. There will always be those who accuse the Sharks of “only buying talent” but the emergence of young players like Pat Lambie. Lwazi Mvovo and Kyle Cooper, who have been developed through the academy structure and backed to deliver, belies that view. Every successful team needs to strike a balance between experienced campaigners and exciting youngsters and the Sharks Academy exports more than enough quality players to other provinces to make up for the few that flow the other way.

In the past, we’ve been very critical of the way the Sharks have opted to play older players who are not performing, rather than give youngsters a chance, but the way that Lambie and Mvovo have been allowed to develop and entrusted with responsibility in the team has been most adventurous and refreshing indeed – I feel that the coaching staff deserve credit for taking these bold steps. John Plumtree and his team are establishing quality depth in all positions and no player can now afford to rest on his laurels.

Now I trust you all know that I’m never one to shy away from fair criticism where I feel it is warranted, but there really has been a lot more good than bad to come out of the Sharks setup since the Super 14 ended and I’m not afraid to say a hearty “well done” to everyone involved. The Bulls can’t be on top forever and I sense that when we look back on 2010, we’ll say that this was the year in which we made the biggest strides towards our return to the glory days.

Viva, Sharks, viva! Black and white forever.


  • Dear Sharks administration,

    Congratulations on the decisive (and necessary) steps that have been taken to bolster the squad ahead of next year’s Super 15.

    Yours in rugby,

    B Fish (Esq)

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.08.10 12:59:52 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Good article. Its easy to be negative and beat management for poor decisions, but we are slow to congratulate them when they do well. The Sharks are going about putting together a competitive team in a thorough and decisive way. For all his critics, you cant argue that Streauli has helped the identification of young talent at the Sharks. It was his first move to bring Pienaar and Bismark to the Sharks, and he has aided in other acquisitions for the sharks academy. The Sharks challenge will now be to retain the services of the young talent on offer (something which hasnt been so successful of late) while managing the players at their disposal effectively (which was not well done in the 2008 super 14 for example). Lots to be excited about. Lets hope this breed go one further than the 2007 cohort.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.08.10 13:04:51 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 2) :
    Its not just the recruitment that has improved; even the willingness to play the young Turks and to “give the ball air” has been refreshing.

    I definitely give the greybeards credit for some good decision-making and action.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.08.10 13:09:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : My only concern is that the Sharks did this in the currie cup last year too, but then seemed to go backwards in the super 14. I hope the rejuvenation of the backline carries on into the super 15. Im a little tired of seeing the Sharks bringing home the fewest bonus points for tries scored each season.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.08.10 13:13:11 by Pablo Dinero Reply

    Pablo Dinero
  • Sharks Admin,
    Well done :mrgreen: it looks like we hv a team for years to come and coming through the academy as well keep up the work other wise you’ll hv us back with all the criticism 😳
    from the Sharks Fans πŸ˜†
    Chaz :mrgreen: πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.08.10 13:30:46 by chaz Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 4) : and yet this year in the Currie Cup they have the most, by quite some distance. The winds of change are blowing, yeah

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.08.10 13:41:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • Think come october we might be writing about a home semi or final…I know baby steps but u look at the team u see hunger to put on the jersey…I love going to durbs to watch the games cause the guys really do look passionate about who they playing for…

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.08.10 13:51:44 by shaniboi Reply

  • @shaniboi (Comment 7) : we want the CC back where it belongs and if you think we are hungry for a CC wait till the S15 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.08.10 13:54:32 by chaz Reply

  • Well done Sharks Admin. Keep it up! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.08.10 13:59:39 by Jarson Reply
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  • Yeah good article we definately need 2 give credit were its due so big up 2 da admin and lets transform da sharks into da best franchise in da land! Hope every1s going 2 da game

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.08.10 14:03:25 by RuckingFun Reply

  • Last week was doom and gloom, coach couldn’t pick a loose forward trio for sh#t and we had plenty players. Two flyhalves injured and one win against the Cheetahs and suddenly everything is hunky dory.

    Not that I’m complaining, but it’s great to see public perception sway like dandelions in the wind.


  • Comment 11, posted at 06.08.10 14:18:56 by Baldrick Reply

  • Somebody should tell Adolf that Chris Micklewood is out of contract at Newcastle Falcons. He can cover 10, 12, 13 & 15 for us. As a Westville boy & I’m sure he’d love to come home…

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.08.10 14:42:31 by Gazman Reply

  • @Gazman (Comment 12) : isn’t he playing for SWD?

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.08.10 14:48:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • I agree with you Rob, a job well done by the parties involved, good job and keep it up.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.08.10 14:53:38 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Last I heard he was heading out of Newcastle after failing to impress new coach Alan Tait in pre-season.

    Nevermind, I see that he’s signed for Boland! He played 10 in the friendly against the Lions last month.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.08.10 14:55:23 by Gazman Reply

  • Just realized now that if Pat gets injured on Saturday (not that it’s going to happen I hope)…who will move to flyhalf? Strauss, Ludik or Kockott?

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.08.10 14:59:14 by voltage Reply

  • @Gazman (Comment 15) : oh ja – I knew as soon as I hit send that it was Boland, not SWD πŸ™‚

    @voltage (Comment 16) : it will be Strauss. He’s played there before.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.08.10 15:00:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : At least he’s back in SA. Pity we can get Brad Barritt back home too!

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.08.10 15:04:51 by Gazman Reply

  • @Gazman (Comment 18) : ah man… if only!

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.08.10 15:26:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well i heard that the Bulls and Sharks with their big fat cheque books are the talk over here so if our cheque book is so fat gv him a call and a offer and contract and sie daar we got him Brad Barritt and Chris Micklewood :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.08.10 19:59:32 by chaz Reply

  • Don’t forget the likes of young Kelly, halfback for the Sharks u/19. This promises to be a huge find for the Sharks and a definite star for the future. Hopefully Zelinger will be back in action in 2011. These two could be a real breakthrough in positions that have been a problem so far for the Sharks.

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.08.10 07:32:38 by Kaygee Reply


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